CORALVILLE, Iowa -- The top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team concluded day one of the NWCA Division III National Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 12 inside the Xtream Arena, sending seven athletes into the semifinals while eight wrestlers remain alive in their respective weight class brackets. Eight Knights secured a spot on the podium with All-American status.
Day one was highlighted with Brady Kyner, Kris Rumph, Brady Fritz, David Hollingsworth, Zane Mulder, Kyle Briggs and Jordon Brandon all going 3-0 to reach the semifinals. Joe Pins stayed alive in the consolation bracket after falling in quarterfinals and advanced to the second day. Cael Krueger bowed out of the tournament in his consolation round of eight #2 match as did Kobe Woods.
Senior Briggs stole the show when he pinned all three of his opponents with times of 10 seconds, 16 seconds and 2:12. As a whole, the Knights posted some staggering numbers with a record of 29-5 including 13 pins, two technical falls and six major decisions.